Taxi drivers hailed as heroes: 'South Africa is a loving nation'

Taxi drivers hailed as heroes: 'South Africa is a loving nation'

When a mother shared the news that taxi drivers came to her son's rescue after he was involved in an accident, she had no idea it would inspired SA to share their stories of how taxi drivers also protected them in similar situations.

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Earlier this week, reported that Bronwynne Engelbrecht posted on Facebook how her son, Elrich, was involved in a hit-and-run accident. But the Tshwane community showed Ubuntu as they reached out and helped the young man.

Elrich was on his way to write an exam at the TUKS Mamelodi campus when a red Citi Golf collided with his motorbike.

The Golf sped off and one taxi took off after it while other taxis blocked the traffic to keep the injured young man safe.

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A Tshwane Paramedic on his way to work, who was a passenger in one of the taxis, assisted Elrich and called for an ambulance.

He remained part of the team that took care of Elrich. Another young man, only identified as Francois, stayed with the motorbike for more than an hour to make sure it - and the rest of Elrich's belongings, weren't stolen.

Bronwynne, a DA MP, was extremely thankful towards everyone who played a part in helping her son in his time of need.

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Social media users then took to Twitter to tell their stories of how taxis and motorists came to their rescue too:

Celebrity chef, Lesego Semenya, posted:

@EzeeT commented:

"People are always surprised when I tell them that taxis are usually the most courteous, to me as a biker, when I'm on the road. They spot me in their mirrors quite early and are always willing to give me room to lane-split."

@DigitalGunn wrote: "Taxi drivers are good people to be honest, it's just that they are so impatient and they don't mean no harm to anyone"

@QueenSuga1 wrote: "That's South Africa for you our beloved country and well done to the Gentleman that assisted you, get well soon."

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